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John Vinslauski

John K. Vinslauski, age 66, of Huron, died Thursday, October 4, 2007, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.  His funeral mass was celebrated at 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 9th at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church by the Rev. Robert Vinslauski, celebrant and homilist, with the priests of the diocese con-celebrating. Burial was in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery with military rites by the South Dakota National Guard. 

John was born November 24, 1940, at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, to Byron and Mary (Bothroyd) Vinslauski. He attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School through the eighth grade at Beaver Dam.  He then moved to Huron where he attended Huron High School, graduating in 1959.  He worked at Waibel Hardware during his high school years.  John then attended Huron College, graduating with an accounting degree in 1964.  He worked for Monarch Appliances as a sales representative. 

On April 26, 1969, John married Dianna Kampshoff at Epiphany, South Dakota. John worked for Northwestern Public Service Company for thirty years.   Following his retirement from Northwestern Public Service, he was employed first with Roy Tschetter Construction for several years, and then with the Huron School District, where he worked in Food Service for five years as an assistant cook and later as head cook at the Huron Middle School.  John also served in the South Dakota National Guard for twenty years.

John enjoyed hunting deer in the Black Hills, fishing, and hunting duck and geese. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their cabin at Nine Mile Lake.  John loved being with his grandchildren. 

John was a member of the Huron Elk’s Lodge #444 where he was the Exalted Ruler for two terms, 1989-1990 and 1997-1998.  He served the Elk’s state association as District Deputy from 1999-2000 and President in 2002-2003.  John was a long time member of the Huron Optimist Club and Ducks Unlimited.  He was also a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Dianna of Huron; his son, Brian and his wife Carrie Vinslauski of Sioux Falls; his daughter, Lori and her husband Jason Armstrong of Sioux Falls, his three grandchildren, Thomas and Megan Vinslauski and Brittany Armstrong; his brother, Rev. Robert Vinslauski of Madison; his sister, Mary and her husband T.J. Sherrell of Bakersfield, California; two nephews, Eric and Scott Bauer; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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